Board Member Eduardo Modesto Rodriguez has urged municipalities to ensure the implementation of a school-based program providing Weekly Iron Folic Acid (WIFA) supplements to female adolescents aged 12 to 19.
Rodriguez noted that most of the female adolescents in schools do not usually go to health centers to avail of free health services.
He said that the Department of Health has partnered with Department of Education to implement a school-based WIFA supplementation.
“These is to remind the local government units of the earlier issuance of the DoH on the health concern. It identifies iron and folic supplementation as one of the intervention to address iron deficiency,” he pointed out.
Rodriguez added WIFA is a component of the menstrual health management project of DepEd to address the “knowledge gaps and support learners who do not have the means of self-care and do not get any support menstruation-related problem. “
The provincial board also passed a resolution calling all municipalities to ensure the implementation of the “Gulayan sa Paaralan Program” of the DepEd in all public schools.
“Gulayan sa Paaralan projects aims to establish school garden and vegetable production centers to sustain food production. Vegetables and fruits will complement the supplementary feeding in schools,” Rodriguez said.